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Split Ellipse

1988 Michael N. Graham Born: Stockton, California 1943 bleached maple and flock 3 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (9.9 x 40.0 x 19.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb 1995.100.9A-B Not currently on view

Luce Center Label

At first glance, Split Ellipse appears to be a solid piece of carved maple, but a closer look reveals a concealed drawer that pulls out from one end. The smooth, pale wood, with its subtle grain and rounded edges, resembles a piece of driftwood washed up on the beach and masks the time and skill that Michael Graham lavished on the simple shape. The secret drawer lined with rich, dark fabric suggests that this strangely shaped object should hold valuable jewelry or richly colored gems.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - maple

About Michael N. Graham

Born: Stockton, California 1943